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One in four kids at secondary school has private tutor

MORE than a quarter of secondary school pupils have a private tutor, a study shows.

About a third are from wealthier backgrounds, with a fifth from ‘low affluence’ homes, the Sutton Trust reports.

A total of 27 per cent of 11- to 16-year-olds questioned said they had a private tutor, with the highest level in London where 41 per cent of children had help.

Pupils from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds were around twice as likely to say they had private tutoring than those from a white background — 42 per cent compared to 22 per cent.

Sir Peter Lampl, the trust’s head, called for parents to get more financial help.

‘With costs of at least £25 per session, many parents can’t afford it,’ he said.

‘The government should look at introducing a means-tested voucher scheme to enable lower income families to provide tuition for their children.

‘Schools should also consider the implications of teachers offering paid tuition outside of lessons and how this is promoted in school.’

The charity said research shows one-to-one and small group tuition is a cost-effective way to boost pupils’ achievement, and schools should consider using pupil premium funding to prioritise these.

Overall, the number of children with a tutor has fallen from a peak of 30 per cent in 2017.

Dr Mary Bousted, of the National Education Union, said: ‘Increasing use of private tuition reflects the worries the government has unnecessarily created in so many parents’ minds about school standards and students’ prospects.’

The Department for Education, which has given an extra £2.4billion this year to the Pupil Premium, said standards were rising but private tuition ‘has always been part of the system and parents have freedom to do this’.